Tribpedia: United States Congress

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Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch.

Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative ...

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Dallas Hospital Apologizes for "Mistakes" in Ebola Care

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.

 

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.
The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.

Candidates Talk Urban-Rural Divide in Runoff

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The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand of suburban Houston.

Most of the 12 candidates for CD-36 seated on stage during a Republican candidates forum sponsored by the Hardin County Republic Women in Silsbee, Texas, Monday Feb. 17, 2014.
Most of the 12 candidates for CD-36 seated on stage during a Republican candidates forum sponsored by the Hardin County Republic Women in Silsbee, Texas, Monday Feb. 17, 2014.

Standing Out a Challenge in Race for Stockman Seat

In the 12-way Republican primary for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, the candidates are running more against President Obama than against one another. The crowded field of candidates has had just three months to convince voters they are the best pick for Congress.

Cruz, Cornyn Still Prominent Critics of Health Care Law

With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.

Video: Analyzing the UT/TT Poll

It took the pulse of Texas voters and showed where they rate government and social issues and what they think of Washington and their local representatives. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll out last week revealed a few surprises and offered insight about public attitudes leading up to Tuesday's election.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Are Leery of Government

News flash: Texans aren't big fans of the state government in Austin, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But if you really want to get their dander up, ask about the government in Washington. The least trusted branch of the federal government? Congress, by a mile.

Democratic U.S Senate candidate Paul Sadler, visits Austin Central Labor Council Labor Day fish fry at Texas AFL-CIO office parking lot in Austin, Texas on August, 31st, 2012
Democratic U.S Senate candidate Paul Sadler, visits Austin Central Labor Council Labor Day fish fry at Texas AFL-CIO office parking lot in Austin, Texas on August, 31st, 2012

Long Shots

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Democrat Paul Sadler is trying to persuade Texans that it's possible for a long shot to win a general election in Texas. Long shots win sometimes — just look at who Sadler is running against.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Courting Controversy Works for Louie Gohmert

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, who has a knack for propelling himself into headline-grabbing controversies, is a favorite target of liberal commentators, comics and cable TV shows. But in his district, he is seen as a devoted advocate for his constituents’ values. As one supporter put it: "In Tyler, Texas, he fits right in."

Advocates Worry Food Aid Cuts Could Hurt Texas Families

As legislators tinker with what some say is the cornerstone of America's food safety net, some Texans are concerned about what cuts could mean for low-income families, if they come to fruition. Many legislators, though, argue that the food stamp program has grown too large, and become too expensive.

Storify: Texans Sound Off on "Fast and Furious" Hearing

Texas officials and politicians weren't quiet about a House panel's vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over a fight involving the "Fast and Furious" weapons operation. Use our Storify timeline to follow this week's key developments and to see what Texans had to say.